RIO DE JANEIRO – Indiana University ended swimming at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics on a high note, as Indiana sophomore Lilly King and IU alum Cody Miller each won a gold medal on Saturday night.
King won her second gold medal of the Olympics, swimming the breaststroke leg for Team USA’s winning women’s 4×100 medley relay team. Miller also swam the breaststroke leg for Team USA, helping the men’s 4×100 medley relay team to a gold medal. Miller previously won a bronze medal in the 100 breast in Rio.
With King and Miller’s second medals each on Saturday night, the IU swimming and diving program has now won 69 medals in Olympic history, including 39 gold, 10 silver and 20 bronze. In total, Indiana University has won 98 total medals across all events.
With the two medals on Saturday, night, Indiana swimming and diving has now won a total of seven medals at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. The seven total medals so far in Rio are the most for the IU swimming and diving program since the team won 16 medals in 1972.
Along with the two medals for both King and Miller, junior Blake Pieroni earned a gold medal as a member of Team USA’s 4×100 freestyle relay team, junior Kennedy Goss earned a bronze medal as a member of Team Canada’s 4×200 freestyle relay team and junior diver Michael Hixon won silver in the men’s 3m synchronized springboard.
Team USA’s 4×100 medley relay team was dominant in winning gold on Saturday night, winning with a time of 3:53.13 – nearly two second ahead of Australia. King had a great breaststroke leg for the Americans, splitting 1:05.70.
With Team USA’s victory in the 4×200 free relay, King becomes the first IU athlete in any sport – male or female – to win two gold medals in the same Olympic Games since Jim Montgomery won three swimming gold medals in 1976. King is the seventh IU swimmer – male or female – to win multiple gold medals in one Olympic Games.
“For Lilly King to win two Olympic gold medals is a simply fantastic achievement at such a young age,” IU head swimming coach and Team USA assistant coach Ray Looze said. “To think that a little less than a year ago she was nowhere near this level is mind-boggling. Lilly was a part of one of the best Olympic swimming teams in the history of the games. I am so excited for Indiana and proud to be a Hoosier.”
In the men’s 4×100 medley relay, Miller had a terrific breaststroke split for Team USA, posting a time of 59.03. The Americans won gold with a total time of 3:29.24, beating Great Britain who won silver.